I was planning on sharing my must-have spring pieces with you today, but I got behind on work, so instead, I’m sharing two items I want in my closet right now. My love affair with Gucci shouldn’t come as a surprise to any of you; I was already a fan before Alessandro Michele took over, and with his reinvigoration of the brand, I fell even further down the rabbit hole.
Sometimes I can’t help but marvel at how quickly Alessandro Michele has taken Gucci and remade it in his image. In the span of only a couple seasons, he’s got my expectations of what Gucci will be so accurately and expertly set that, while looking through the images from the brand’s Fall 2016 runway show, all I could think was, “Wow, it’s all so gloriously Gucci.”
We reported last year that Louis Vuitton and Gucci were leading a monogram comeback, and that continues to be the case. Gucci is probably one of the hottest handbag brands at the moment, with everyone carrying and wearing the brand (including Lady Gaga during her amazing Super Bowl opening with the national anthem).
Considering the relatively short amount of time Alessandro Michele has been at Gucci’s creative helm, it’s incredible how quickly he has built a new creative world for the the brand. Like Michele’s collections before it, Gucci Pre-Fall 2016 is rooted in Gucci’s long leather goods heritage, but it’s a lot more fun, youthful and energetic than “heritage” usually implies in fashion.
Everyone has different patterns when it comes to shopping for and carrying bags; some people are brand-loyal, while others tend toward trendy pieces or only let themselves splurge on classics. Actress Naomi Watts, on the other hand, fits into a very specific type of bag pattern: she buys and wears what is essentially the same bag over and over again.
When you think of fashion brands making waves at the moment, Gucci immediately comes to mind, and not just for me. Creative director Alessandro Michele managed to build excitement quickly for his new interpretations of Gucci’s many traditions and icons, and only a handful of seasons after his appointment, Michele’s designs have become must-haves for fashion insiders.